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September 2019 Archives

Road rage fatalities increase by 500% over 10 years

Drivers in New York may have read about the many road rage incidents that occurred across the country during the summer of 2019. Newspapers reported that a Wisconsin woman was shot after a minor car accident while teaching her son to drive. In Alabama, a woman reportedly tried to shoot another driver during a road rage incident and instead shot her husband. A Houston couple and their children were severely injured when another driver shot their car and ignited the fireworks being carried inside.

Distracted driving common for many teen drivers

For many New York teens, distracted driving is just a way of life. Despite widespread public awareness campaigns that aim to reduce the risk associated with texting while driving and other distracted behaviors, many teens continue to use their mobile phones or other devices behind the wheel. This can be a particular concern with teenage drivers as most are inexperienced and may face even more difficulty in emergency situations without the threat posed by distraction. However, many parents report that even if their teens do not text and drive, they regularly get in the car with others who do.

Risks associated with working on or near scaffolding

When you make your living working in construction, chances are, you use scaffolds on at least a semi-regular basis. Temporary work platforms positioned at heights above the ground are quite common across many American construction sites, but they can also, in some instances, prove highly dangerous for construction workers.

AAA: deaths from red light running crashes hit 10-year high

AAA has released a report on red light running in New York and across the U.S. A total of 939 people died in red light running crashes in 2017, the latest year for which there is car crash data. This number represents a 10-year high and a 28% increase when compared to 2012. One third of the victims were the offending drivers while the rest were occupants in the other vehicle, pedestrians or bicyclists.

2017 sees 10-year high in red-light running crash deaths

In the most recent year with car crash data, 2017, there were a total of 939 deaths arising from red-light running. This marked a 10-year high. In New York and across the nation, drivers who are impatient, reckless or distracted are claiming two lives every day. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says the numbers are still rising. Those who die in 65% of these crashes are not the offending drivers.

Americans more likely to text and drive than Western Europeans

New York readers might be interested to learn that American drivers are more likely to use their cellphones and other devices while behind the wheel than their Western European counterparts, according to a new study by Liberty Mutual. The study also found that millennials are the worst offenders.

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